The Edmonds-Woodway volleyball team knows. This Jackson Timberwolves squad likes second chances.
The Warriors beat Jackson early in the season, only to be routed by the Timberwolves in the rematch. As Jackson, No. 4 in The Times rankings, prepares to begin the Class 4A state tournament in Kennewick on Thursday, the Timberwolves can see the same opportunity awaiting them on the horizon.
Back on Oct. 9, at the Crossover Classic, Jackson lost to defending state champ Mead. Two state victories – beginning with an 11:30 a.m. contest against the Narrows League’s Bellarmine Prep Lions at the Toyota Center – likely would force a rematch.
“One of our goals this year was to beat Mead,” Jackson coach Ashley Allen said on Monday. “We figured if we didn’t see them during the regular season, we’d for sure see them at state.”
Then the Timberwolves got their chance at the Classic.
“There were times, at points, that I thought we had them,” Allen said. “But also, I think we were a little intimidated because it was Mead High School.”
The Panthers enter the tournament as the defending champs, and have won six of the past seven 4A titles. But don’t expect Jackson, if it gets to the semifinals opposite Mead, to be intimidated again.
“I hope I’m not putting my foot in my mouth, but we’re excited to play Mead again,” Allen said. “So I am hopeful that we’ll get to the semifinals. For our girls, they feel like nobody is going to be them twice.”
Just ask Edmonds-Woodway.